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Being social

April 26, 2017   By Susan Mungo in Community

Line Technician A Jamie Cook and his crew took over Santee Cooper’s social media for a day.

I recently had the opportunity to assist a line crew who took over Santee Cooper’s social media pages for a day.

As I worked with them throughout that day and watched them attempt to show the world a quick glimpse of what goes into their day, it made me stop and think about all of the opportunities we have as a company to tell our customers a little something about who we are.

Even if you are reading this blog, you may not know that Santee Cooper has a website that provides information about us. Everything from our history to how you can pay your bill can be found there.  We have a newsroom page that also offers access to things like this blog along with press releases, online versions of our quarterly PowerSource magazine and videos, and other stories of events we are involved in.

If you are active on social media, you may know and even follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.  In fact, we hope that you... Continue Reading >>

PowerSource Wins Notable State Document Award

March 22, 2017   By Nicole Aiello in

Santee Cooper Public Relations Director Nicole Aiello accepts Notable State Document Award from the South Carolina State Library Acting Director Leesa Aiken.

I’m pretty excited to announce – and shout from the rooftops! – that Santee Cooper’s PowerSource magazine was honored with a 2016 Notable State Document Award on March 17 at the South Carolina State Library. Annually, the South Carolina State Depository System selects 10 notable publications that were released in the past calendar year. Librarians representing selected depository collections serve as judges, and the awards are announced in honor of Freedom of Information Day.

PowerSource was one of the chosen 10, and I couldn’t be more pleased and proud. The team in Corporate Communications and Corporate Print & Mail that puts this quarterly magazine together pours much love and hard work into the stories, designs, photographs and printing. We get a chance to meet interesting people and see amazing places that make this state such a unique place. Most importantly, we get a chance to tell their stories to our readers.... Continue Reading >>

The heartbeat of South Carolina

February 01, 2017   By Susan Mungo in Community

Santee Cooper employees have a long tradition of giving back to the communities in which we serve.

February is designated heart month by the American Heart Association. Here at Santee Cooper we feel like we are part of the very heartbeat of South Carolina all year long.

Throughout our history we have provided essential services and supported charitable organizations. We’ve provided employment to individuals whose hearts have always beaten to the drum of helping and providing for citizens and businesses in our community, our state and even our country.

When Santee Cooper first generated power on Feb. 17, 1942, the first power delivered was to North Charleston’s Pittsburgh Metallurgical Corp. (later Macalloy), a smeltering operation. They produced ferrochromium, a critical defense metal important during World War II  to harden steel for battleships and tanks, among other uses.

Santee Cooper, whose formal name is the South Carolina Public Service Authority, was created in 1934 to bring electricity to underserved and rural... Continue Reading >>

The power of giving after the struggle of loss

December 14, 2016   By Susan Mungo in Community

Jessica Richardson, Santee Cooper Customer Services Representative

As the Pee Dee River rose to historic levels and breached her home, Jessica Richardson worked 12-hour shifts in Santee Cooper’s Customer Call Center. As she calmed customers who were without power, her husband called to tell her the river would soon overtake their home.

Her children were already in a safe place, but her dogs and her belongings were in the flood’s path. Jessica simply asked her husband to “just get my dogs out.” She remained on the job, helping customers.

Jessica remembers how sad her children were to lose their cherished memories and belongings to the flood. Not wanting other children to feel loss because of their family’s situation, Jessica recently chose a tag from an Angel Tree and adopted a child from Aynor’s Christmas list.

Jessica is one of many employees who took care of Santee Cooper customers while their own homes were destroyed by winds or flood waters from... Continue Reading >>

Celebrating seasons is upon us and the chance to make memories

November 09, 2016   By Nicole Aiello in Community

Celebrate The Season, which begins Nov. 25, is one way Santee Cooper and its sponsors give back to the community.

Yesterday, a co-worker of mine told about his weekend. He was rummaging around his attic in search of his family’s Christmas decorations. Yes, that’s right. Santa’s not the only one checking off lists. Christmas trees are going up as you read this.

And although that fact gives me some anxiety – not only because I love Thanksgiving, but also because my co-worker is putting up nine (you read that right – nine) trees in his house – I know the holiday spirit is in many of my friends' hearts and homes already.

Santee Cooper and Old Santee Canal Park are also working on making spirits bright. Employees are assembling snowflakes, decorating trees, taking conference calls with Santa, and testing thousands of sparkling blue, green, red and yellow LEDs in preparation for this year’s Celebrate The Season Holiday Lights Driving Tour and Holiday Fairs.

These jolly elves are happy to pitch in for this community... Continue Reading >>